Arab world

Despite a Sept. 25th independence referendum in which 93 percent of Kurds voted to break with Iraq, leading to border closings, threats of economic reprisals, and fears of military conflict,...
Originally dedicated to supporting lepers, the Raoul Follereau Foundation has broadened its range of action and is now implementing projects to assist Christians in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain region and...
During a conference on rebuilding Christian villages on the Plains of Nineveh, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Christians are an essential part of Iraqi society, and must...
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, on Thursday September 28, praised a "so-called Marshall Plan" that seeks to encourage and support Iraqi Christians to return to their homes...
More than 1400 Christian families have already returned to their homes and villages scattered in the Nineveh Plain, which they abandoned in the summer of 2014, due to the advance of the jihadist...
A document issued on the eve of the referendum guarantees autonomy and administrative decentralization in areas where minorities have “historical roots”. But Christian political organizations are...
Suffering persecution even before genocide under ISIS, Iraq’s Christian population has fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to just hundreds of thousands today. Last month, eight churches were closed...
In the Syrian city of Maaloula (Ma'loula) The Christian Church began to commence services in the Christian monastery of St. Thecla. The pilgrims from all around the world traveled to religious...
Sisters caring for Syria’s sick and wounded throughout five years of heavy bombardment have received essential medical equipment from Aid to the Church in Need. The charity has provided the Sisters...
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has expressed regret at the suffering of Christians in Syria, saying he has held political talks to resolve their problems. Speaking at a church in Iran's...
The Ma’loula church complex, looted by Islamic militants, is being restored at an accelerated speed. One of the churches is expected to be ready for parishioners in the near future, RIA-Novosti...
About 500 Christian families, up to 2,500 people, have celebrated their long-awaited homecoming to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains with ceremonies marking a fresh start in their old towns and villages. In...
Christians in the Middle East are heroic witnesses to the faith, and the U.S. must help ensure they can stay in their homelands in peace, a Maronite bishop who is a leading advocate for the region’s...
War is not fought with war, but through dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation, and the will to start a new life and follow new paths of peace", said Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Butros...
Nearly 3,000 Christian families have been repatriated since Iraqi forces liberated Nineveh from ISIS, according to a local official. In late August, the Iraqi government announced the recapture of...
Kidnapped Indian priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil has been freed from captivity and flown to Oman, the country’s government has said. Fr. Tom was kidnapped when his care home in the Yemeni city of Aden was...
Christians in the Middle East are voting with their feet for the government of President Assad in Syria. With all that American government officials and the news media have said to condemn the...
With towns and cities such as Qaraqosh and Bashiqa in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains now liberated from Islamic State (IS) forces and their original inhabitants beginning to return, there is confidence among...
Fr Ibrahim Alsabagh, a 44-year-old Franciscan, is the parish priest and custodian of the Aleppo Latin Parish. He is currently in Italy for a series of conferences, and spoke to AsiaNews about the...
Some of the few Christians remaining in Baghdad would like to see the international community protect their religion with the establishment of an independent state like the Vatican or Kuwait. “We as...